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16 Nov 21
Draft competition bill: New rules for the healthcare sector?
On November 5, 2021, the Council of Ministers approved the draft law on competition. The Competition Bill is now under review by Parliament, which will discuss the draft in the coming weeks.
14 Sep 21
Pharmaceutical company liability in clinical trials: The italian supreme court’s latest decision
On April 20, 2021, the Italian Supreme Court dealt with a complex and much debated matter: pharmaceutical company liability for damages to a participant in a sponsored clinical trial.
12 Apr 21
The Italian Medicines Agency provides additional information on the new simplified classification procedure for generics and biosimilars
The Italian Drug Agency (AIFA) provided further information on the new simplified pricing and reimbursement procedure introduced in October 2020 for generics and biosimilars.
3 Dec 20
Generic and biosimilar medicines: Italian Medicines Agency adopted a new simplified pricing and reimbursement procedure
On October 15, 2020, the Italian Medicines Agency (Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco – “AIFA”) published a new simplified pricing and reimbursement procedure for generics and biosimilars.
9 Apr 19
EU General Court provides guidance to assess whether patent settlements between originator and generics infringe antitrust law (Servier)
On 12 December 2018 the General Court of the EU (“GC”) has passed a set of parallel judgments (we will referrer to Case T-691/14,Servier and Others v. Commission and Case T-684/144,Krka v. Commission) on the incompatibility with Article 101 TFEU of a number of settlement agreements in patent disputes between Servier, which is the originator of Perindopril (a drug primarily intended for the treatment of hypertension and heart failure), and five manufacturers of that drug’s generic versions.
3 Sep 17
New consent for processing sensitive data not needed after change of data controller: data protection thoughts and M&A
For the first time in Italy, a court has affirmed that when a data controller changes, there is no need to acquire new consent from the participants of a research project involving the processing of sensitive data, if the research purposes do not change.
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July 19, 2022
Guidelines for the implementation of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) to ensure dissemination, uniformity and accessibility of the EHR at national level now published in the Official Gazet...
June 6, 2022
The National Coordination Centre for Ethics Committees published new draft agreements for conducting clinical trials on drugs and medical devices
April 27, 2022
EU Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) approves “Guidance” on the borderline between medical devices and medicinal products in order to support the uniform application of Regulation...
April 5, 2022
Electronic prescriptions: the current modalities of transmission from doctors to patients and from patients to pharmacies are extended until 31st December 2022
March 24, 2022
EU Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) approves “Guidance” on appropriate surveillance of devices covered by certificates according to the MD Directives, under the transitional prov...
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